October/November Events!

Hopefully you are just settling into school/college again and starting to think about getting more information about University! The best way to get information is to visit university – and we have lots of exciting events coming up for you to get involved with! 

October Open Day

Saturday 5th October

10am – 4pm

Open days give you the chance to find out more about the type of academic and social life you can expect at The University of Manchester – as well as an opportunity to explore the University and the city for yourself.

Find out more about the open day

Watch the video


The Quantum Universe – a Star Lecture from Prof Jeff Forshaw

16th October 2013 at 12:15

We are proud to announce the latest in our STAR Lecture series, a Physics lecture from Prof Jeff Forshaw for students in Year 12 and 13.  Jeff Forshaw is a particle physicist who has published over a hundred research papers and written several books, including two best-selling science books co-authored with Professor Brian Cox. He recently won the Institute of Physics’ Kelvin Medal for his work explaining science to non-experts.

This lecture for A-level students, will look at quantum physics. Underpinning most of modern physics; quantum physics describes a very strange and counter-intuitive world, where tiny particles act as if they are in several places at the same time. This lecture will present the crazy rules that control the behaviour of a quantum particle and show how they impact upon questions about the world around us, including the recent discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN. To book places on this event please complete the online booking form.

Young Person’s Forum (for Years 10 – 13)

The Young Persons’ Forum engages local young people in the recruitment and outreach activities that we run as a university. We invite local young people (Years 10 – 13) to regular focus group meetings, throughout the school term, to get their views on our activities and materials. This helps us to make sure that what we’re offering is informative and relevant to our audience.

What’s in it for the attendees? Valuable experience to put on their CV/personal statement, the opportunity to develop critical thinking and communication skills, the chance to learn more about university life and a £10 book voucher for each session that they attend!

When? 4-6pm on the following (provisional) dates:

Thursday 14th November 2013

Thursday 12th December 2013

Thursday 13th February 2014 

Thursday 13th March 2014

Thursday 8th May 2014

Where? The Rutherford Building, University of Manchester

More information: email

Register here 


Discover Days in autumn 2013

We are hosting a great programme of visit days this November for post-16 learners interested in applying to the University of Manchester. You can attend hands-on events to discover more about degree programmes relating to: Criminology; Sociology and Engineering.  These events offer you a fantastic insight into what it would be like to study at Manchester and give you great experience to refer to in any application you make to study here.

Online registration is now open, register early to avoid disappointment. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Discover Days are primarily designed for people who are thinking of applying to Manchester and who have not yet made a decision regarding their UCAS choices. You will therefore be given priority if you are in Year 12 or have not yet submitted your UCAS application.

Please see our website for registration details and more info  – including a short video detailing what you can expect from a Discover Day.


The Different Faces of World War 1 – Lecture Series 2013/14

In the run-up to the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, this lecture series considers the war from many different angles. Experts from the wide-ranging subject areas in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures share their research. Everybody is welcome – the talks are aimed at Sixth Form students and members of the public as well as University staff and students.

How to book: Attendance at lectures is free of charge, but please book a place via our website.


9 October 2013

5-6 pm


Prof Matthew Jefferies (Department of German Studies):

Germany and the Approach of War in 1914


16 October 2013

5-6 pm


Dr Laura Tunbridge (Department of Music)

Music during Wartime


23 October 2013

5-6 pm


Prof Peter Gatrell (Department of History)

Europe on the Move: the Great War and its Refugees


6 November 2013

5-6 pm


Patrick Doyle (Department of History):

Ireland and the First World War


13 November 2013

5-6 pm


Dr Emma Griffiths (Department of Classics and Ancient History)

Homeric Mud in the Trenches


20 November 2013

5-6 pm


Prof Laura Doan (Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing)

‘Muscular Femininity’: The Amazon and the Public during the First World War


27 November 2013

4-5 pm


Dr Melanie Giles (Department of Archaeology)

The Archaeology of the Great War


4 December 2013

5-6 pm


Dr Andrew Crome (Department of Religions & Theology)

“Mobilise the Nation for a Holy War”: Churches, Chaplains and British Religion in World War I


11 December 2013

5-6 pm


Dr Andrew Frayn (Department of English, American Studies and Creative Writing)

The First World War: Literary Enchantments and Disenchantments


18 December 2013

5-6 pm


Dr Barbara Lebrun (Department of French Studies)

Singing the War in France


8 January 2014



Dr Christopher Godden (Department of History)

British Propaganda and the First World War – Imagining a United Nation

Part of the Star Lecture Series – only open to Sixth Form Colleges

Now is the perfect time to get involved and get some extra experience!